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Palace hits back at Sereno: She violated Constitution; Duterte did not

  Why point finger on the President?   Malacaang hit back at ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday for calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to resign after accusing him that he was behind her removal.   Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace "have earlier refrained from commenting" on Sereno's call but said the former chief justice has been engaging in "grandstanding."   READ:Palace on Sereno's call for Duterte to quit: No comment   "However, the former top magistrate has been engaged in grandstanding and seeking media coverage, pointing an accusing finger at President Duterte for the result of the quo w...Keep on reading: Palace hits back at Sereno: She violated Constitution; Duterte did not.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 18th, 2018

Descent into lawlessness gets pushback

It does look like the Duterte administration has crossed one red line too many. Solgen Jose Calida’s bag of legalistic tricks has been shot full of holes. Even the usually compliant Supreme Court managed to skirt huge public outcries by astutely finding a way to look like they are adhering to a rule of law. Yes, of course, they are not a trier of facts; and yes, indeed, it is the lower courts that can issue an arrest warrant. Even the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the national lawyers’ league, has awakened to its conscience and reminded all that there is a Constitution and that it must not be violated. They had been too quiet during the quo warranto dismissal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, against the constitutional provision that a Supreme Court justice can only be dismissed through impeachment. Even the Senate has rediscovered its backbone. It has dropped partisanship and united to protect Senate colleague Antonio Trillanes IV against arrest within its premises. Suddenly, we are reminded that, yes, indeed, the Senate is an independent and separate branch of government from the Executive and Judiciary. The post Descent into lawlessness gets pushback appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Bro. Eddie hits Duterte, Morales on Batacan, border families update | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Jesus Is Lord Church founder Brother Eddie Villanueva says President Rodrigo Duterte violated the Constitution by calling God stupid. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales slams defense lawyer Edna Batacan . A US judge issues an order that reunites immigrant families separated at the Mexico border. New York’s incumbent 14th district congressman Joe Crowley was ousted by 28-year-old far-left political novice Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . A study shows Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering ‘invasive’ and limited default ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Duterte hits back at Sereno on firing officials as gimmick

Duterte hits back at Sereno on firing officials as gimmick.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Critics slam Duterte& apos;s revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back - Philippine Star

Critics slam Duterte's revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

Critics slam Duterte's revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back - Philippine Star

Critics slam Duterte's revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

Critics slam Duterte s revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back

Critics slam Duterte s revolutionary government threat, Palace hits back.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

MILF firm on demand, wants wider Muslim autonomy

COTABATO CITY – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF said it will not back down from its original demand to have a wider autonomy for minority Muslims in southern Philippines as it rejected anew any government offer other than an expanded territory, not even the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.   The MILF signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014 and has been pushing for the approval and ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL and other provisions stipulated in the accord -Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, including the establishment of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region.   The BBL was rejected by Congress during President Benigno Aquino’s administration after some of its proposed laws violated the Constitution. The MILF said it will not revisit the BBL and insisted on the original draft submitted to Aquino.   Many politicians and residents in the proposed Bangsamoro areas also rejected the BBL and wanted out of the deal, citing various reasons and the failure of the Aquino government and peace negotiators from both sides to include recommendations submitted by the provinces in the autonomous region.   The BBL was drafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission appointed by the MILF and the Aquino government.   If ratified, it will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro region that would replace the ARMM which is composed of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, including the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. The creation of Bangsamoro autonomous region would have to be decided on a referendum in the ARMM and in areas where there are large Muslim communities.   Let SC Decides on Unconstitutional Provisions   “The position of MILF is very clear. First, MILF will never accept an autonomy that is lower than the ARMM; secondly, the MILF will not accept an autonomy that is equal to the ARMM. The MILF only accepts an autonomy law that is better than the ARMM,” said MILF Vice Chairman Mohagher Iqbal.   Iqbal also suggested the BBL should be passed as it is and let the Supreme Court decides on its unconstitutional infirmities. “Yung BBL ngayon kung ako lang ang masusunod ang maganda diyan ipasa na nila ng walang bawas at walang dagdag. Hayaan nalang natin ang Supreme Court maghusga kung alin dyan ang unconstitutional,” he said. “And then kung maghusga ang Supreme Court, ipunin na lang natin yun dahil meron pang function ang BTC mag-propose to amend the constitution.”   He said the government offered the ARMM thrice to the MILF and three times it was rejected by the rebel group. He said: “Congress may opt to pass all the constitutional provisions and for Congress to amend the Constitution to accommodate unconstitutional substances on the proposed Moro law, and then later it will incorporate to the working of committee which will draft the federal system of the country.”   Provisions   According to the BBL, the purpose of the law is to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Muslim people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for meaningful self-governance.   In the draft law, the following areas shall be included in new political entity – the towns of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte and all villages in the towns of Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap which voted in the 2001 plebiscite. And also included are the cities of Cotabato and Isabela, and contiguous areas where 10% of residents may petition for its inclusion into the new Bangsamoro territory.   And under its General Principles and Policies, it stipulates “in the exercise of its right to self-determination and self-governance, the Bangsamoro is free to pursue its political, economic, social, and cultural development; the Bangsamoro Government shall be parliamentary. Its political system is democratic, allowing its people to freely participate in the political processes within its territory; the Bangsamoro Government, consistent and suitable to its parliamentary form of government, shall adopt an electoral system which shall allow democratic participation, encourage formation of genuinely principled political parties, and ensure accountability.”   It further said that: “Governance in the Bangsamoro is the responsibility of the duly elected civilian government. Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military. The Bangsamoro Government shall promote unity, peace, justice, and goodwill among all peoples, as well as encourages a just and peaceful settlement of disputes. The Bangsamoro abides by the principle that the country renounces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land, and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice, freedom, cooperation, and amity with all nations.”   “The Bangsamoro shall adhere to the principle of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. The Bangsamoro shall establish a government that ensures that every citizen in the Bangsamoro is provided the basic necessities and equal opportunities in life. Social Justice shall be promoted in all phases of development and facets of life within the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Government shall respect and adhere to all international treaties and agreements which benefited the Bangsamoro Government.”   President Rodrigo Duterte is also [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2017

Palace hits back at HRW report: Don't brush aside Duterte's reforms - Inquirer.net

Palace hits back at HRW report: Don't brush aside Duterte's reforms - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 29th, 2017

Duterte wielding 'toxic agenda?' Palace hits back - Inquirer.net

Duterte wielding 'toxic agenda?' Palace hits back - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2017

Nene Pimentel hits DILG exec for pushing revolutionary gov t

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senate president Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr called out Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III for  pushing for a revolutionry government or RevGov, calling it an irresponsible statement from a government official sworn to protect the Constitution. The longtime federalism advocate made the statement in a Palace news briefing on Friday, September 21. "Mas ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Duterte expects better NFA efficiency under DA – Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte is expecting more efficient and closer coordination between agriculture-related departments amid the soaring prices of rice now that supervision of the National Food Authority (NFA) has been returned to the Department of Agriculture (DA), Malacaang said Thursday. "We're hoping that the NFA, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and if I'm not mistaken the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), back under the DA (supervision), ay magkakaroon po ng closer coordination sa panig ng DA at ng mga ahensya na closely naman associated sa agriculture," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing. "Inaasahan natin na mas magiging efficient 'yung d...Keep on reading: Duterte expects better NFA efficiency under DA – Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Cabinet men dispatched to Typhoon Ompong areas

President Duterte yesterday ordered some of his Cabinet members to go back to their home provinces in the north and act as front-liners to monitor the situation as Typhoon Ompong hits the country in the next 48 hours......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Sereno hits Duterte: AFP benefits come from taxpayers, not you

MANILA, Philippines – Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday, September 12, lectured President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter made it appear that he was the source and reason for the soldiers’ pay and benefits hike. Duterte on Tuesday reminded soldiers that he had given a lot to the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Duterte on rape, Robredo hits back, Rachelle Ann meets Harry and Meghan | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Duterte explains rape cases in Davao: 'Many beautiful women.' Roque: Visayas, Mindanao 'more liberal' in defining what is offensive. Robredo to Duterte: Stop ranting, focus on helping suffering Filipinos. PH boxer Rogen Ladon advances to gold-medal round. Rachelle Ann Go meets Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  {module 3998}.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Who can challenge PH withdrawal from ICC?

    Can an ordinary citizen question a government's decision to withdraw membership from the International Criminal Court?   DuringTuesday'soral argument challenging the validity of the government's withdrawal from the ICC, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen askedAtty. Ray Paolo Santiago about the legal standing of petitioner Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC).   PCICC, in their petition, said President Rodrigo Duterte violated the 1987 Constitution when he unilaterally withdrew the country's membership from the ICC. They maintained that the Constitution requires the concurrence first by the Senate.   Howeve...Keep on reading: Who can challenge PH withdrawal from ICC?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Follow Constitution, VP camp says on Duterte s succession remark

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo clapped back at President Rodrigo Duterte for once again expressing doubts about her competence to lead the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Duterte confident Filipinos will back federalism

Duterte said a federal constitution would "truly embody the ideals and aspirations" of all Filipinos and create opportunities for growth......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Solon: Stop attacking Cha-cha, back DU30

A HOUSE leader yesterday rallied public support for the Duterte administration and urged critics to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution instead of attacking its efforts to change the course of the country. “We know very well that the 1987 Constitution is flawed; every flawed system should be reformed dahil….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Palace on 2022 reelection ban: Duterte has no other motives

The final copy of the draft federal Constitution that explicitly banned President Rodrigo Duterte from running again in 2022 should allay fears of a possible term extension for the chief executive. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued this statement after Duterte's Consultative Committee (Con-com) included in the final draft of the proposed federal government that Duterte is prohibited from running again as President. READ: Duterte reelection banned in 2022 under draft federal Charter "We thank the Consultative Committee for accommodating the President's request to provide for an elected transition president," Roque said. "This should finally allay all fears that PRRD...Keep on reading: Palace on 2022 reelection ban: Duterte has no other motives.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

2019 polls to push through unless Constitution amended — Palace

THE midterm elections will push through in 2019 unless the Constitution will be amended, Malacañang said on Thursday, amid speculations that it could be suspended with the country’s possible shift to a federal form of government. In a press conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. reiterated that President Rodrigo Duterte wanted the 2019 elections to [...] The post 2019 polls to push through unless Constitution amended — Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018